Balanced Indians win big
Pioneer's Brad Hastings (3) takes a hard foul from Turners Falls defender Jalen Sanders (24) Monday night in Turners Falls, where the host Indians beat the visiting Panthers, 73-48, in their Hampshire League boys' basketball game.
Pioneer defender Lee Doiron (23) tries to defend Turners Falls scorer Malcolm Smith (25), who's driving the lane Monday night for two of his 13 points in a 73-48 win by his host Indians during their Hampshire League boys' basketball game in Turners Falls.
Five players scored in double figures for Turners Falls High School Monday night during a 73-48 Hampshire League boys’ basketball win over Pioneer Valley Regional School in Turners Falls.
The Indians (7-2 overall, 6-1 HL) raced out to a 23-11 lead after the first quarter, using an aggressive defense to force Pioneer into turnovers that resulted in easy buckets. Turners Falls pushed the halftime lead to 18 (42-24).
“We came out and we pressed them hard and pushed the ball,” Turners Falls assistant Jay Liimatainen said. “The intensity was high right from the start.”
The scoring was also spread out, with 10 players making the scorebook, including the five in double digits. Jalen Sanders led the way with 16 points to go along with seven rebounds. Liam Ellis and Malcolm Smith each netted 13 points. Melvin Moreno came close to a triple-double with 10 points, eight assists and seven boards. Tyler Charboneau dumped in 10 points in the win.
Brad Hastings finished with 16 points for the Panthers (5-4, 4-3). Lennon Robichaud recorded 15 points.
Greenfield 75, Mohawk 46 — Six players scored at least six points Monday night for Greenfield High School during a 75-46 HL boys’ basketball victory over Mohawk Trail Regional High School in Buckland.
Vinnie Funari paced the Green Wave (7-3, 6-1) with 16 points, including a pair of 3-pointers for a Greenfield team that finished with seven 3s on the night and led 46-22 at the break. Robin Marchese also drained a pair of 3-pointers and finished with 14 points, and Connor Joy added 10 points as the third player in double figures. Connor Eckstrom netted 9 points, Parker Hickey scored 7 points, and Hazen Thomas dumped in 6 points.
Mark Buck paced Mohawk (2-8, 0-7) with 16 points, Jay Fortier finished with 11 points, and Alex Dekoschak dumped in 7.
Smith Academy 58, Frontier 35 — Smith Academy held Frontier Regional School to just 21 points through three quarters of play and rode the defensive performance to a 58-35 HL boys’ hoop victory Monday evening in Hatfield.
Keith Natale led the Falcons with 19 points for the Falcons (7-3, 4-2), David Longstreeth added 13, and Derek McMahon dumped in 11. Smith Academy led 33-13 at the break.
Tim Hoar led Frontier with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Ben Ruddock added 10 points.
FC Tech 24, Gateway 14 — Franklin County Technical School held Gateway Regional High School to just four points the second half en route to a 24-14 Tri-County League girls’ basketball win Monday night in Turners Falls.
Brittany Andrews led a balanced attack for the eagles with 6 points. Alyssa Andrews and Brooke Meuse each chipped in with 5 points, and Nicole Miller and Missy Vatalaro both threw in 4.
Josie Walton’s 5 points led the Gators.
Franklin Tech (6-2, 2-0 TCL) travels to Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School tonight at 6.
Cathedral 55, Greenfield 28 — Emily Jackson led three double-digit scorers with 15 points as Springfield Cathedral High School downed Greenfield, 55-28, in an independent girls’ basketball game Monday night at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield.
Nicole Denver dropped in 14 and Marielle Caron added 10 for the Panthers, who held a slim 22-18 lead at the half but pulled away late.
Molley Duclos paced the Green Wave with 11 points, while Erika Glabach pitched in with 7 and Lenna Tahij drained a pair of three-balls.
Greenfield faces Putnam Vocational High School on Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the opening game of the Lady Falcons Classic on Friday at Smith Academy.
Belchertown 73, Pioneer 42 — Belchertown High School took advantage of 15 first-half turnovers by Pioneer on Monday night to jump all over the Panthers early en route to a 73-42 independent girls’ basketball victory at Messer Gymnasium in Northfield.
The Orioles led 28-8 after the first quarter and upped it to 42-20 at the break. Pioneer cut down on the turnovers in the second half with five but Belchertown’s defense kept the Panthers from any chance of a comeback.
Tea Spellacy erupted for 24 points in the win, while Kayla Henry added 12.
Gabby Carpenter had a strong performance for the Panthers (2-7) with a team-high 13 points and seven rebounds. Natalie Hale added 11 points. Katlyn Grover dumped in 8.
Pioneer heads to Boland Elementary School in Springfield tonight at 7:30 to take on Cathedral High School.
Granby 49, Frontier 26 — Kate Sullivan scored 17 points and added five rebounds and two steals as Granby High School knocked off Frontier, 49-26, in an independent girls’ basketball game Monday night in Granby.
The Rams held Frontier to two total points in the second and third quarters combined. Frontier was outrebounded 33-21 by Granby and the Rams took advantage of 26 turnovers. Rebecca Sapouckey added 9 points and 10 rebounds.
Olivia Riordan finished with 11 points and seven rebounds for Frontier (3-5). Amanda Calvo tossed in 10 points.
McCann 43, Mohawk 24 — McCann Technical School outscored Mohawk 13-0 in the opening quarter and went on to post a 43-24 independent victory in girls’ basketball action on Monday night
Allie Gibeau led the Hornets with 10 points. Alex Wood and Alanza Quinonez both had 8, and Cheyanne Alcombright contributed 7.
Emma Poplawski finished with a team-high 9 points for the Warriors. Laura Ward pulled down 13 rebounds.
Mohawk hosts Ware High School on Wednesday night at 7.